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Michael Shepherd

About Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd joined the Bangor Daily News in 2015 after covering state, federal and local issues for the Kennebec Journal for three years. He's a Hallowell native who now lives in Gardiner. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 and is a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service.

Maine AG, Republicans tell high court they believe ranked-choice voting is unconstitutional

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and legislative Republicans told the state’s high court on Friday that the ranked-choice voting system approved by voters in 2016 is unconstitutional, setting up a fight with advocates for the law. Legal briefs were due to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Friday ahead of an April oral argument in […]

The ‘juicy rumors and false innuendo’ on LePage and Trump

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re trying to figure out two things: Where Gov. Paul LePage is and whether he really is in the running for a job in President Donald Trump’s administration. We’ve been hearing lots of rumors since last week on these subjects. A highly speculative Portland Press Herald piece on LePage’s activities revved […]

He’s no Bernie bro but a Maine GOP lawmaker wants to ax ‘corporate welfare’

Good morning from Augusta, where a Republican lawmaker laid out a plan to bulldoze many of Maine’s convoluted set of business tax exemptions. In doing so, he showed that while it could be feasible in the current anti-government, anti-tax environment, it’s also fraught with political peril. That tightrope is why these tax breaks have survived […]

LePage to attend Trump’s ball on Sunday. Will they do more than dance?

Good morning from Augusta. Gov. Paul LePage has been in Washington, D.C., this week for a host of events, including an annual conservative conference and President Donald Trump’s black-tie ball for governors on Sunday. The Republican governor has a speaking slot on welfare reform — one of his signature topics — at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. […]

Democrats emerge from budget hearings firing back at LePage

Good morning from Augusta, where things continue to be slow this week with the Maine Legislature mostly out of town on a February break. But after the Appropriations Committee began four days of hearings on the wide-ranging Maine Department of Health and Human Services portion of Gov. Paul LePage’s two-year budget proposal on Tuesday, Democrats began to fire back […]

Maine can’t decide what it wants to call this confusing holiday

Good morning from Augusta. State offices are closed today for President’s Day. Or is it George Washington’s birthday? Maine is one of three states where it’s both of those things. We’ll explain. We’re really celebrating Washington’s Birthday, the federal holiday commemorating the first president’s Feb. 22 birthday that was one of three that was moved to Mondays in 1971 to […]

LePage to Trump: Put somebody in charge

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage said on Thursday that President Donald Trump may have too many high-level aides vying for control in an embattled White House. The Republican president is dealing with a few different crises less than a month into his tenure, with the biggest involving the resignation of National Security […]

LePage eyes replacing utilities commissioner with solar energy critic

Good morning from Augusta, where we emerged from the year’s biggest storm to Gov. Paul LePage saying he’s looking to replace his former lawyer on the state commission that regulates utilities and calling on an Orono legislator to resign. There’s no rest for Maine’s press. Here’s your soundtrack. That first item is a continuation of […]